Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis inspires first ever deaf Barbie doll | The Sun

EASTENDERS star Rose Ayling-Ellis is tickled pink with this new Barbie doll — which wears a hearing aid just like hers.

Rose, 27, who has been deaf since birth, told how she used to draw the devices on her own dolls as a little girl.


Now kids can play with Barbie Fashionista figures with prosthetic legs, wheelchairs and a Ken doll with skin pigment condition vitiligo.

Rose, who won last year’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing said: “It’s so important for children to be able to see themselves represented in their toys.”

Rose posed with model Jamie, 17, who has vitiligo, and paraplegic model Renee.

Also joining the shoot was Faisha, a yoga teacher and model with a below-the-knee prosthetic limb.

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Rose added: “When I was little, I would draw hearing aids onto my Barbie dolls to make them look like me.

“I am thrilled that Mattel is releasing more dolls that encourage kids to celebrate and embrace their differences!”

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